DyKnow is a cloud-based classroom management software that monitors students’ devices including PCs, Chromebooks, iPads, and Macbooks to generate insights on their classroom behavior. The tool helps teachers check on students’ Internet usage in classrooms and improve their classroom performance. The application provides an option for teachers to block certain websites or other web content that they think is objectionable or distracting, and should not be accessed by students.
DyKnow helps teachers prepare assessments and tests for students. Teachers can select questions for the test from the software database. The database provides multiple sets of questions with different difficulty levels for each subject. The software provides an option for teachers to release answer keys just after the assessment or hold Q&A sessions with students to discuss their test performance. The application offers online tutorials for different subjects with sample question sets and key mark-up questions for students to prepare for their annual assessments.
DyKnow helps teachers prepare interactive learning content for students using different techniques. Teachers can prepare PowerPoint presentations using SmartArt and graphics from the software’s database. DyKnow has an activity dashboard that monitors students’ activity during a classroom session. The dashboard provides daily or weekly reports on how students use their laptops or iPads and how much time they spent on lessons and tutorials. Teachers can use these reports while assessing students’ performance in tests, and then take corrective actions.
DyKnow is primarily used by individual classrooms and large district schools around the world.
I use DyKnow primarily to keep up with student's on-task behavior. Blocking schemes work well to keep them from specific sites and applications OR to allow them only on certain sites and applications.
I can take a quick look and the thumbnails will very easily allow me to detect "off-task" computer activities. I can tell if they are doing something they shouldn't be doing (games, shopping, and watching video are easy to spot with a quick glance).
Dyknow is an extremely valuable tool for a teacher in a 1:1 environment.
Most important functions for me are accessed quickly.
It's "Class Analytics" feature keeps a "history" of student activity while you are monitoring them, making it possible to go back later and see what they were doing...or not doing.
There are some features when using "Class Analytics" which have been a little "buggy" for me, such as clicking on one date in the past to see student activity (I have found a workaround on that one by clicking on an adjacent date.)
There are isolated cases when blocking that students have an issue using a program which is not being blocked. This gets into a more technical aspect than I can explain well and I am sure it can be rectified in the future. Could be the other applications which cause this for a small number of students.
Hi John - Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about using DyKnow Cloud! We're so glad to hear how beneficial it is to your classroom.
Class Analytics: If you double click a single date, you can view Analytics for only that day :)
Blocking: If you ever find an app or website that isn't being blocked as expected, please email support [at] dyknow [dot] com or use our in product chat feature, and we'll get to the bottom of it right away!
Works great for helping teachers monitor student behavior on chromebooks. The two main flaws that I have noticed are:
1) If a student downloads a chrome extension (many games are available this way), it does not show up on the monitoring screen, but rather says "Out of Browser". Teachers are unable to block these activities.
2) Teachers cannot take over individual student screens. The ability to take over an individual student's screen and click on the correct link (or links) for them would allow for redirection or assistance without hassle. This would also help alleviate the above issue, as it would allow teachers to manually "x out" gaming apps.
Other than these two issues, I enjoy using Dyknow and trauly believe that it holds students accountable for their actions on the Chromebook.
Holds students accountable, allows me to multitask.
No manual takeover, no way to combat gaming through web extensions
Hi Anthony! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. As for the extensions on student devices, it's our best practice for the campus to prevent this at the Google Admin level. If that's not the case, an "Allow Only" plan with the websites your students should be using will prevent access to all extensions. Add "Web Browsers" as an application to your Allow Only plan. Thanks for the idea about taking "remote control" of student devices! We will share this with our Product Manager.
Here's a "how to" article for building an Allow Only blocking plan: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/204065406
It has helped tremendously with classroom management. I am able to maintain rapport by not calling distracted students out to the entire class. It also allows me to see what my students are actually working on in real time during independent work time. That is huge! They can't just quickly minimize the video they were actually watching instead of working on their assignment. I wish I would have had DyKnow where I last worked. I don't know what I would do without it now!
I did not realize how great that DyKnow is until I started working where I do now. I don't have to wander about the room and have students quickly minimize the YouTube video they were watching instead of working on their assignment. I can block distracting activities and send a discreet message telling a student to get to work instead of making an announcement to the class that a specific student is distracted.
I wish there was a way to make multiple segmented blocking groups. I want to be able to block everything from kids who are far too distracted and unblock some things for those students who are more intrinsically motivated.
I love that this software is easy to use and functional in the classroom. DyKnow truly has made a difference in my classroom. Not only is it helpful in monitoring and limiting computer use, but it also helps keep students engaged. The feature where you can poll the audience, check for understanding, and send the students to a certain website by opening it on the computer has really revolutionized the way I teach. It has also saved classroom time. Instead of waiting for students to type a URL, find a website, etc. I can just open it on their computer screen and not have any troubleshooting.
The hardest thing about this software is really just user error. I sometimes forget to end and start the monitoring each class period. I wish there was a way to set time parameters and have it automatically end and stop class periods according our bell schedule.
Hi Chelsea! Thanks so much for leaving your kind feedback :) It's actually on our short term roadmap to release the ability to automatically monitor ;) We'll be in touch about that soon! -Abbey
Most of the teachers are having problems on monitoring the students' activities on their gadget and this software solves my classroom management issues on proper used of the iPad. I am no longer thinking whether my students are on-task or off-task because through this software every single action of the student on the gadget is monitored.
I was searching on the net of the perfect software that can help me strictly monitor the iPad activity of my students and then DyKnow came out. DyKnow is a very useful classroom management software because this innovation helps me to handle my class well in identifying every online activity of my students. This software monitors every single detail of every task that student is doing on their iPad and what particular applications they are doing - a very cool application and it empowers me because I can do multitasking. The feature that I like most about this software is that I can block and unblock each student's screen and I can takeover of what they can and cannot do on their gadget.
This software is the answer to my problem on how to strictly monitor on the use and abuse of using the technology. If this software is properly set-up, everything works perfectly. I have nothing to complain as far as the technical functionalities of the software are concerned. This software for me is excellent to make sure that technology used is properly implemented in my classroom.
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• DyKnow provides real-time updates to teachers about the time spent by students on social networking sites against the total time spent on the internet.
• The software allows teachers to grade students’ performance and benchmark every student’s performance against the top performer.
• The dashboard provides customized reports on each student and monitors his or her daily activities and the total time spent on reading lectures and notes.
• The software records the time spent by students in completing assignments and can report on which questions students tended to struggled with.
• The application allows teachers to prepare their own videos or embed videos from other websites to create online tutorials for students.
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